19 Huskers earn Gilman Scholarship to study abroad

19 Huskers earn Gilman Scholarship to study abroad
Recent awards add to record year for university

Thirteen Nebraska undergraduates will study abroad during the spring 2018 semester as Gilman Scholars.  | Marcelo Plioplis, University Communication
Marcelo Plioplis | University Communication
Nineteen Nebraska undergraduates will study abroad during the summer 2018 semester as Gilman Scholars.

Nineteen University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate students have earned Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. The awards will allow the students to study abroad during the summer 2018 term.

The Gilman is a nationally competitive scholarship awarded three times a year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The summer term scholarships were awarded to approximately 2,100 students from 386 universities and colleges.

The 2017-2018 academic year set a record for the university in the number of students receiving Gilman scholarships. This year, 33 students received scholarships. The previous record was set in 2014-2015 with 22 students earning scholarships.

The fall 2017 Gilman scholar was Cindi Izaguirre-Perez, a senior global studies major, who studied abroad in Rwanda. The spring 2018 Gilman scholars are listed here.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward study abroad or internship program costs. The program’s goal is to allow students to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

One Nebraska awardee — Ana Carmona Ponce — received an additional $3,000 as she will study a critical language while abroad.

Following is a list of the university’s newest Gilman scholars (alphabetical by last name, with year in school, major and country of study):

  • Ibrahim Alnajem, junior, biochemistry, South Korea

  • Khila Bowling, freshman, management, Spain

  • Sarha Buzi Nzobo, sophomore, pre-veterinary, Botswana

  • Ana Carmona Ponce, junior, global studies, Morocco

  • Andrea Contreras, senior, psychology, United Kingdom

  • Audra Cooksley, senior, marketing, Germany

  • Aurora Gates, sophomore, biological sciences, Spain

  • Molly Griger, freshman, marketing, South Africa

  • Gaye Gwion, junior, global studies, India

  • Christina Joseph, junior, nutrition and health science, Zambia

  • Samantha Josephson, sophomore, athletic training, Italy

  • Miranda Kuzela, junior, global studies, Kazakhstan

  • Mishala Lewis, senior, anthropology, India

  • Rachael Lux, junior, nutrition and health sciences, Zambia

  • Angela Nguyen, sophomore, psychology, South Korea

  • Alex Richardson, sophomore, computer science, Oman

  • Hayden Richardson, sophomore, political science, Morocco

  • Guilber Sorto, junior, international business and finance, United Kingdom

  • Autumn Urbigkit, senior, psychology, Austria